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The role of informal networks in providing effective work opportunities for people with an intellectual disability

Innes, E., Donelly, M., Hillman, A., Stancliffe, R. J., Knox, M., Whitaker, L.

Academic Literature

2010

Being in paid employment is socially valued, and is linked to health, financial security and time use. Issues arising from a lack of occupational choice and control, and from diminished role partnerships are particularly problematic in the lives of people with an intellectual disability. Informal support networks are shown to influence work opportunities for people without disabilities, but their impact on the work experiences of people with disability has not been thoroughly explored. The experience of 'work' and preparation for work was explored with a group of four people with an intellectual disability and the key members of their informal support networks (network members) in New South Wales, Australia.The insight and actions of network members created and sustained the employment and support opportunities that

effectively matched the needs and interests of the participants.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Work

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation

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